The crash tests were done under #SaferCarsforIndia campaign

Global NCAP is an independent body who conducts crash safety test on various cars across the world. They came into the limelight when they tested five of the most popular small family cars of the India including the Tata Nano, Maruti Alto800, Hyundai i10, Ford Figo, Volkswagen Polo back in the year 2014. All the Indian popular hatchbacks scored miserably at the 2014 Crash test raising a big question about safety of their occupants.

Now after almost two years of that horrible incident, Global NCAP once again proved that the Indian manufacturers has not taken any big step after that horrific crash test results two years ago towards the safety of the passengers.

Global NCAP recently conducted a new test on five different popular Indian cars this time and the results are unexpectedly shocking. The five cars which were tested this time included the popular Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Hyundai Eon and Mahindra Scorpio. Unfortunately all of them failed the test miserable leaving a big question once again about the safety of the adult occupants inside the car during the time of crash. What is even more disappointing is also the fact that these were the results after increasing awareness about vehicle safety in India over the past two years.

So why the Indian manufacturers are still making sub standard cars which are not even able to provide even the basic safety features for its occupants? What is even more shocking as well as surprising is also the fact that these cars were crash tested at speeds of 64 kph which is an average speed on our highways. Indian roads are considered one of the most dangerous and unsafe roads of the world but still we are lagging far behind when it comes to road safety. Although many auto makers are providing airbags nowadays even in the base variant but there are still many automakers that are not moreover a big question is also raised about the structural integrity of these passenger cars.

Below provided are the actually crash safety test results of the five various cars that were tested recently

RENAULT KWID

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Global NCAP crash tested the standard variant of the KWID which comes without the driver airbag, the result was horrific the car scored a big zero in adult protection while two stars were awarded to the hatchback for the child occupant protection.
The reason why the KWID without the airbags scored poorly because the structure also collapsed and also the absence of airbags made it worse. The KWID without airbags was until VIN No. VIN MEEBBA005G1323780, Renault produced a total of 18,091 units of it in total.

The other variant of the hatchback which was tested was a newer variant but that too came without an airbag. Although like the previous car the structure did not collapse but it was rated unstable and could not take further loading. The structure was reinforced only on the driver side while the left passenger side was left with no reinforcements.

The third variant of the KWID which was tested with airbag also failed to pass the test and scored the same result. Although it was equipped with airbag but the structure is the same as the Renault KWID which was not equipped with airbag. The Kwid model tested with driver airbag and without airbags was from VIN No. VIN MEEBBA005G4350297 and sold over 5000 units till date from April 2nd 2016.


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MARUTI SUZUKI EECO

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The Maruti Suzuki Eeco which was tested was not equipped with any airbags and thus it scored zero in the adult protection department while it scored only one star in child protection. The cause of the poor results was due to the fact that the Eeco structure is not stable and it neither offers any optional airbag as well.


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HYUNDAI EON

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The Hyundai Eon which was tested was a standard variant and thus was not equipped with airbags so it scored a zero when it comes to the safety of its adult occupants and two stars when it comes to the safety of the child inside. The reason why it performed poorly is because of the fact that the Eon had poor structural integrity of the passenger compartment and also lacks airbags.


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MARUTI SUZUKI CELERIO

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PRICES STARTS AT:- INR. 4.03 lakh to 5.90 lakh

We were quite shocked to see the result of one of the most popular small family cars the Celerio. The Celerio scored zero stars for the adult occupant’s safety while it scored just one star for the safety of the child occupant. The absence of airbags justifies the zero star for the adult occupant safety while the low child score safety was explained because of the high values recorded in the 3 year old child dummy as well as the excursion it received forward beyond the limits of acceptance.


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MAHINDRA SCORPIO

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The most shocking and surprising results amongst all these cars are definitely that of the Mahindra Scorpio. The big SUV too scored zero star when it came to the safety of its adult occupant, while it scored two stars for the safety of the child. The poor result was due to the structural collapse as well as the lack of airbags. The big SUV too can cause life threatening injuries for its occupants in time of a crash.


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Riju Ganguly

Press Release

Zero Stars For All Cars In Latest Global NCAP Crash Tests

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The latest Indian crash test results from Global NCAP released today (17) in Delhi continue to disappoint with all five models rated as zero star. The Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Mahindra Scorpio and Hyundai Eon all showed low levels of adult occupant protection.

The Renault Kwid was tested in three versions, including one with airbags, but each was rated as zero star for adult safety (see Editors Note).

Commenting on the latest crash test results, David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP said,

“The latest SaferCarsforIndia results show how important it is for cars to have a body shell that can remain stable in a crash. This is an absolutely crucial pre-requisite for occupant safety together with fitment at least of front air bags. It is very surprising that a manufacturer like Renault introduced the Kwid initially lacking this essential feature. Global NCAP strongly believes that no manufacturer anywhere in the world should be developing new models that are so clearly sub-standard. Car makers must ensure that their new models pass the UN’s minimum crash test regulations, and support use of an airbag.

“We welcome Renault’s efforts to correct this and we look forward to testing another improved version with airbags. Renault has a strong record of achievement in safety in Europe and it should offer the same commitment to its customers in India.”

Speaking during the Indian Automobile Safety Conference hosted by IRTE in Faridabad, Ward continued,

“The results highlight the importance of the Indian Government’s decision to mandate front and side impact crash tests from October 2017. Legislative action is needed to ensure that the minimum levels of occupant protection recommended by the United Nations are guaranteed for Indian consumers. But manufacturers don’t have to wait for legislation and we urge them to act to eliminate all zero star cars from production as soon as possible.

“Global NCAP also welcomes the forthcoming launch of a Bharat New Car Assessment Programme which can help build a market for safer cars in India.”

Renault Kwid

Global NCAP tested the standard version of the Kwid without airbags. It scored zero stars in adult occupant protection and two stars in child occupant protection. The collapse of the structure in the passenger compartment and the lack of airbags explained the poor result.

Following safety improvements Renault proposed that Global NCAP test an updated evolution of the Kwid in production from early April 2016. The car was tested with and without an airbag.

The new Kwid without an airbag scored zero stars in the adult occupant protection and two stars in child occupant protection. The structure did not collapse however it was rated as unstable and that it could not withstand further loadings. It was possible to see the structural reinforcements implemented in this version of the Kwid but when Global NCAP checked the left (passenger) side, there were no reinforcements. The structure was reinforced only on the driver side.

The new Kwid with the addition of driver airbag was also tested. This version also scored zero stars in the adult occupant protection and two stars in child occupant protection. The structure was the same as the new KWID without airbags but a high compression in the dummy chest area explains the low score.

Renault has confirmed that they will implement further improvements to the KWID and Global NCAP will test these new evolutions in forthcoming crash tests.

KWID (I) NO AIRBAGS

KWID (III) NO AIRBAGS

KWID (III) WITH DRIVER AIRBAG

Mahindra Scorpio

Mahindra Scorpio scored zero stars in the adult occupant protection and two stars in child occupant protection. The collapse of the structure combined with the lack of airbags explains the score for the adult occupants protection which means that there is high probability of life threatening injuries for at least one of the adult passengers.

Suzuki Maruti Eeco

The non airbag Eeco scored zero stars in the adult occupant protection and one star in child occupant protection. The collapse of the structure in the passenger compartment and the lack of airbags explained the poor result in adult occupant protection. This model does not offer optional airbags. Considering the structural collapse airbags are not likely to help avoid life threatening injuries to the driver.

Hyundai Eon

The Hyundai Eon is offered in the standard version without airbags. It scored zero stars in the adult occupant protection and two stars in child occupant protection. The unstable structure in the passenger compartment and the lack of airbags explained the poor result in adult occupant protection.

Suzuki Maruti Celerio

The non airbag Maruti Suzuki Celerio scored zero stars in adult occupant protection and one star in child occupant protection. The lack of airbags explained the poor result in adult occupant protection.

The low score in child occupant protection is explained by the high values recorded in the 3 year old child dummy as well as its forward excursion beyond the accepted limits.

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